Love and romance are some of the things one could think of that would lead another to want to pop the question. In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice that is not so much the case. Financial stability is the major factor for family’s encouraging their daughter’s engagement. Five sisters coming of age, in the 1800’s, the young girls trying to figure out where the line between love and marriage lie. All while being pushed to marry, not for love, but for stability.
“ It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” (Austen 1). When Austen wrote this one may get the feeling that men of only good fortune get the best wives. Back in the 1800’s marriage was not a thing of love, but more of business. As was previously stated that financial stability is the more important factor.
“The Business of her life was to get her daughters married;” (Austen 3). Again just reassuring how much of a ‘business’ marriage is. Money seems to be a reoccurring factor with peoples prides, and others prejudices, but especially in marriage. Of course Mr. and Mrs. Bennett want their daughters to be cared for and stable in life, but to make that the importance of it, is a little off.
“Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance” (Austen ). Of course this is a factor in any modern marriage, to see if one will be happy with their spouse. But in this story the two are practically strangers. No time to tell that this person will be the right one. No time to see if they are compatible, or even tolerable. In saying so, happiness is a complete matter of chance. Because all marriage is business.
Which all in all, stability is more important than love or romance in a marriage. A matter of business, and stability are the ruling factors. Which is really sad, one could end up completely unhappy, no love, no romance.
A man would always wish to give a woman a better home than the one he takes her from; and he who...